Fantasy Baseball Final: June 30, 2015
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With all 30 teams in action tonight, there was no shortage of hitters to choose from. Weather did delay two games from starting on time (MILvsPHI & MINvsCIN) but thankfully no games were cancelled. Some big name pitchers took to the hill tonight, including Chris Sale, who was looking to continue to build off his last seven starts of 10+ strikeouts. He was looking to become the first pitching since Pedro Martinez to have eight consecutive outings of ten strikeouts or more. Would he continue his streak against the N.L Central leading Cardinals? Yes.
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING…
Welcome to the record book, Chris Sale. The southpaw once against was well worth the price of admission—striking out 12 hitters in eight innings of work for the White Sox. Because Chicago is so bad at hitting baseballs, they were only able to provide their ace with one run, leaving Sale with another no decision. He only has six wins this season, but if he was pitching for any other team in the league (yes, even the Phillies) he would probably be up to at lest ten. With 141 strikeouts so far this season, Sale is well on his way to his 3rd straight season of at least 200 strikeouts. Outside of Max Scherzer, Sale is definitely the most dominant pitcher in baseball this season.
JUST AS WE EXPECTED…
Mitch Moreland and Chris Davis both put on a show for the fans at Camden Yards. For Moreland, it was his second straight two-homerun game, helping power the Rangers to an 8-6 win over the Orioles. Chris Davis did his best to keep the game close, launching two two-run homeruns off Rangers starter Colby Lewis. Vegas had this game being a high scoring affair, so it was no surprise to see both team battle it out in a good old slugfest. Manny Machado, Shin-Soo Choo & Robinson Chirinos also homered for their respective teams. Game two of this series will go tomorrow at 7:05 ET when Wei-Yin Chen takes on the very talented (sarcasm) Nick Martinez.
BUT WE DIDN’T SEE THIS COMING…
If you read my week 13 two-start pitcher breakdowns, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to you (if you didn’t, you can still give it a read here). Kyle Hendricks has been mediocre at best this season, but the Mets are so bad at playing baseball, that Hendicks was able to put together a very nice outing for fantasy owners. The 25-year-old pitched six innings of scoreless baseball, giving up three hits while striking out six. On a night where pitching salaries were high, Hendricks finished the night with 27.10 DK points (for the small price of $6500). The Cubs managed to only score one run against Jon Niese, but against a terrible hitting Mets team, it was more than enough. Hendricks’ next start will come Sunday against the Marline at home.
THE REST OF THE DETAILS
- Diamondbacks optioned RHP Allen Webster to Triple-A Reno
- Rangers activated Josh Hamilton from the 15-day DL and optioned Joey Gallo to Triple-A Round Rock
- Athletics recalled pitcher Chris Bassitt from Triple-A Nashville to start for Sonny Gray who was scratched due to illness.
- Eury Perez—day-to-day—(torso)
- Hanley Ramirez—day-to-day—(wrist)
- Brandon Phillips—day-to-day—(wrist)
- Chris Bergman—15-Day DL—(shoulder)
- Colby Rasmus—day-to-day—(skin infection)
- Jarrod Dyson—day-to-day—(groin)
- Eric Hosmer—day-to-day—(finger)
- Henderson Alvarez—15-Day DL—(shoulder)
- Michael Cuddyer—day-to-day—(knee)
- Josh Reddick—day-to-day—(soreness)
- Cory Spangenberg—15-Day DL—(knee)
- Will Middlebrooks—day-to-day—(ankle)
- Tim Lincecum—day-to-day—(forearm)
- James Paxton—15-Day DL—(finger)
- Matt Belisle—15-Day DL—(shoulder)